Archives of WHO

Archives on the Construction of the Headquarters building

Detail of the plan for the main entrance
Plan by Jean Tschumi, architect of the WHO main building, 1959
  • Reference code : ARC017
  • Title : Records relating to the Construction of the Headquarters Building
  • Date(s) : 1950->
  • Level of description : Fonds
  • Extent and medium : 13 linear m, paper
  • Accruals : Yes
  • Conditions governing access : Open for consultation subject to the deadlines and restrictions in force at WHO
  • Conditions governing reproduction : The archives are subject to WHO author's copyright.
  • Finding aids : Electronic inventory
  • Rules or conventions : Descriptive note in conformity with ISAD(G) norm

This fonds, which covers an area outside the traditional framework of WHO activities, is of particular interest from the architectural angle. In 1959, the World Health Assembly launched an international competition for the construction of a building for WHO, which had so far been housed in the Palais des Nations.

This fonds include plans, photographs and documents relating to the competition, ranging from participants' projects to the actual completion of the building by the winner, Jean Tschumi, and his successor, Pierre Bonnard.

Perspective drawing by the architect
Sketch by Tschumi showing the interior of the building, 1959
Old photograph of the building
General view of the WHO building in Geneva, 1983